Hello everyone, I just learned your site existed today and had to sign up. I'm a lifelong car nut with an affinity to El Caminos, although I love pretty much all vehicles. My earliest automotive memory is being in my mom's Chevelle- it was her daily driver until 1990 or 1991, when it got sold out from under her. more on that below.
Unfortunately, I didn't win the health lottery, and am not able to work on or even drive cars. Instead, I've been photographing as many as I possibly can, attending as many car shows as physically possible...I took over 10,000 car photos in 2019 alone.
I became a fan of the El Camino sometime during the 1990s, and it's since become an obsession. While I don't have a real one, I do have many scale versions, and I have I believe the complete collection of El Camino trading cards. Only a couple away from having every plastic El Camino model as well, which I occasionally even pull off a decent build of.
These are the only decent photos of my mom's Chevelle...not great, I know. I still remember the blue vinyl interior, and the floor rusting out so you could watch the road go by as you drove. (That's circa 5 year old me in the leaves). She still talks about that car often...every car show, every time we watch an auction on TV and a Chevelle comes up, sometimes just because. She never really forgave my father (who we lost to cancer in 2002) for selling it instead of fixing it. So I got the idea that I might be able to get her a new Chevelle to replace this one, for her birthday in 2022, which will be a big one. I'm not sure I can pull it off...the cost of the medicine that keeps me alive doesn't give me a lot of money to have fun with, and finding a good condition 4-door from this era in blue- it's got to be blue, like hers was- may be even more of a challenge. 2-doors are plentiful but not what she likes. (me neither, for that matter, for cars) We don't have the capability to do a project, unfortunately. so finding one that just needs standard upkeep is important.
I don't know if I will be able to pull it off, but I have a year and a half to save and try.
Without my own car I'm not sure how much I can contribute to the forum, but I certainly have lots of Chevelle and El Camino photos from various shows I can post. Here's just one example of my show photography...and not even the best example, just the first Chevelle or El Camino I shot at the 2019 Adirondack Nationals.
Thanks for having me here!